Water officials dramatically increased flows on the American and Sacramento rivers Monday to lessen the flooding risk ahead of big storms coming Monday and Tuesday night.
Flows on the Sacramento River were slated to rise from 26,000 cubic feet per second to 36,000 cfs on Monday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced. The increased flows were expected to push water levels at the Tower Bridge to 29.6 feet. That’s similar to depths seen in mid-January following a series of violent storms, and it’s about 4 feet below flood stage.
Releases on the lower American River were expected to double by 4 p.m. Monday to 30,000 cfs. That is not quite as fast as flows during the height of last month’s big storms. The American River was expected to reach levels of 33.4 feet, which is still well below flood stage, federal data show.